Nissan tests self-cleaning car

The groundbreaking new tech has been undergoing testing by being applied to a new Nissan Note.

The creation is a specially engineered super-hydrophobic and oleophobic paint, which is able to repel water and oils.

Nissan is the first car manufacturer to apply this new paint technology, called Ultra-Ever Dry, on automotive bodywork.

The coating, marketed and sold by UltraTech International, has responded well in tests involving rain, spray, frost, sleet and standing water. By creating a protective layer of air between the paint and environment, it effectively stops standing water and road spray from creating dirty marks on the car’s surface.

As the video below demonstrates, the new paint technology has been tested by Nissan engineers at the manufacturer’s European Technical Centre in Bedford. Nissan will continue to trail the special paint over the coming months in a variety of conditions.

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This is actually not the first piece of ‘self-cleaning technology’ applied to the new Nissan Note. The family car is already available with a ‘wash and blow dry’ function on its rear view camera. This uses water and compressed air to automatically keep the lens free of dirt and ensure the Notes’ safety sensors work in all conditions.

Other useful technology available for the new Nissan Note includes Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Warning and Moving Object Detection, which all combine to form the Nissan Safety Shield.

The Nissan Note in Acenta Premium or Tekna trim also boasts the 360-degree Around View Monitor. This technology uses a series of cameras to give the driver a detailed look of their surroundings when parking. Pricing for the Nissan Note range currently starts from £12,100.

Right now there are no plans to bring self-cleaning car technology to mass-production cars. However, Nissan is considering introducing the Ultra-Ever Dry paint coating to customers as a future aftermarket option.

The Chief Marketing Manager for the Nissan Note, Geraldine Ingham, said: “The Nissan Note has been carefully engineered to take the stress out of customer driving and Nissan’s engineers are constantly thinking of new ways to make families’ lives easier.

“We are committed to addressing everyday problems our customers face and will always consider testing exciting, cutting edge technology like this incredible coating application."